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Google removed 16 apps from the Play Store, was rapidly draining the phone's battery, see list

Google removed 16 apps from the Play Store, was rapidly draining the phone's battery, see list



They were traced by security firm McAfee. All apps were listed as utility applications.

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  • These apps got a total of 2 crore downloads
  • These apps were also involved in advertising fraud
  • Google keeps reviewing the apps from time to time

Google has reportedly removed 16 apps from the Play Store. These apps were rapidly draining the battery of smartphones and tablets and causing high network usage, ie increasing internet data consumption. These apps were identified by a security firm. These apps were fraudulently clicking on ads as real users by opening web pages in the background. According to the security firm, before being removed from the Play Store, these apps had a total of 20 million or 20 million installations. It is worth noting that from time to time, Google takes action against those apps that violate its rules.

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According to a report by Ars Technica, Google has removed 16 apps from the Play Store. They were traced by security firm McAfee. All these apps were available to download on Android smartphones and tablets. All apps were listed as utility applications. These apps were being used for simple tasks like turning on the phone's flashlight, currency converter, scanning QR codes, calculators.

The list of removed apps includes BusanBus, Joycode, Currency Converter, High-Speed ​​Camera, Smart Task Manager, Flashlight+, -Dictionary (K-Dictionary), Quick Note, EzDica, Instagram Profile Downloader and Ez Notes are included.

McAfee found that once opened, these apps download codes that receive notifications to open web pages without alerting users, clicking on links and ads. This activity artificially increases engagement on ads, which is a form of ad fraud.

The security firm found that these apps contained adware codes called "com.liveposting" and "com.click.cas". These codes allowed apps to click on links and ads. All this happens without the knowledge of the users, due to which the extra battery is consumed and the network usage also increases. According to Google, all these apps have been removed from the Play Store and Play Protect blocks these apps on users' devices.

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